Friday, December 24, 2010

About Me

I get a lot of questions asking about me, who I am, what I like, my views. So, I decided that I would just write a blog about myself.

I was born in Charlottesville, Virginia at Martha Jefferson Hospital. We only stayed for about two weeks and moved to Jacksonville, Florida. My Daddy fondly referred to Jacksonville as, "The Gateway to Hell."

I really don't remember living there that time, but we went back for a time when I was in the 5th and 6th grades. I loved the Children's Museum and spent hours there.

We moved a lot. Some of the places we lived were (in no particular order):
Raleigh, North Carolina
Dunn, North Carolina
Durham, North Carolina
Washington, North Carolina
Rock Hill, South Carolina
Salter Path, North Carolina
Tuscaloosa, Alabama

My sun sign is Aquarius and my moon sign is Libra. My birth totem is the Otter.

I enjoy auto racing, billiards, bowling, dancing, swimming, horseback riding, hunting, fishing, primitive camping, playing chess, playing cards, gardening, reading, learning, crocheting, making jewelry, going to yard sales and stopping at antique stores.

If I ever have the time and funds to travel I would love to visit:
South America

That's it for now.

Friday, November 19, 2010

French Vanilla Ice Cream

This recipe makes 2 quarts.

3 eggs
1 cup sugar
2 cups milk
2 cups cream (or undiluted evaporated milk)
2 teaspoons vanilla

In a medium saucepan beat eggs and milk. Add sugar mixing well.

Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until thickened. It should coat a metal spoon. This will take 10-12 minutes.

Cool. I cool mine by pouring into a mixing bowl and setting in freezer.

Add cream or evaporated milk and vanilla.

Leave in refrigerator overnight.

Freeze in your ice cream machine or you can sit bowl in freezer and stir every 2-3 hours, very well. As it starts to freeze you will to shorten the intervals between stirrings.

Grannie's Oatmeal Drop Cookies

I love these cookies. Used to make them for my children all the time.

2 cups sugar
6 Tablespoons Cocoa
1½ teaspoons cinnamon powder
½ cup milk
½ cup butter
1 teaspoon Vanilla
3 ¾ - 4 cups Oatmeal

In a medium saucepan mix the dry ingredients well. Stir in the milk very well. Add butter. Heat over medium heat to a boil, stirring constantly. Once it boils, boil for 2 full minutes.

Remove pan from heat and add oatmeal.

Drop by spoonfuls onto waxed paper.

Let cool completely, about 4 hours.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Am I Condemned to Hades for being Indian?

I have actually had well meaning people tell I am.

They rarely ask me what my Spiritual or Religious beliefs are or if they do, they ask AFTER having told me Indians/Native Americans are going to hades.

Never can they explain to me why the Indigenous Peoples of America are supposedly condemned by the Creator/God to an eternity of fire and brimstone--just what the collective sin or sin of race or culture is.

Once the statement of so called fact is made, the conversation goes something like this:

Me: Do we agree that there is one supreme being above all else in the universe?

They: Yes.

Me: Do we agree that according to the Bible, that being is a loving God?

They: Yes.

Me: Yet you are telling me that this loving God, created me for no other reason to watch me burn and suffer for an eternity? What kind of love is that?

The conversation generally ends at that point with the other person walking away, head hung down.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

So, You Thought You Knew Everything. . .

1. Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.
2. Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.
3. There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.
4. The average person's left hand does 56% of the typing.
5. A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.
6. There are more chickens than people in the world.
7. Two-thirds of the world's eggplant is grown in New Jersey.
8. The longest one-syllable word in the English language is "screeched."
9. On a Canadian two dollar bill, the flag flying over the Parliament building is an American flag.
10. All of the clocks in the movie "Pulp Fiction" are stuck on 4:20.
11. No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple.
12. "Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt".
13. All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill.
14. Almonds are a member of the peach family.
15. Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance.
16. Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.
17. There are only four words in the English language which end in "dous": tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.
18. Los Angeles' full name is "El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula"
19. A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
20. An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.
21. Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.
22. In most advertisements, the time displayed on a watch is 10:10.
23. Al Capone's business card said he was a used furniture dealer.
24. The characters Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street were named after Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life".
25. A dragonfly has a life span of 24 hours.
26. A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.
27. A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.
28. It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
29. The giant squid has the largest eyes in the world.
30. In England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak.
31. The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
32. Mr. Rogers is an ordained minister.
33. The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.
34. There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.
35. "Stewardesses" is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Favorite Songs-Well Some of Them

 1.  Witchy Woman - The Eagles
 2.  Marie Laveau - Bobby Bare
 3.  Smooth - Santana
 4.  Life In The Fast Lane - The Eagles
 5.  Dirty Laundry - Don Henley
 6.  I Can't Drive 55 - Sammy Hagar
 7.  Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves - Cher
 8.  On The Dark Side - John Cafferty and The Beaver Brown Band
 9.  Elvira - Oak Ridge Boys
10.  Pistol Packin Mama - Hank Thompson
11.  Long Cool Woman In a Black Dress - The Hollies
12.  Kisses Sweeter Than Wine - Jimmie Rodgers
13.  Easy Lovin - Freddie Hart
14.  Rock & Roll Lullaby - B. J. Thomas
15.  Mambo Italiano - Dean Martin
16.  Macarena - Los del Rio  
17.  How Far is Heaven - Los Lonely Boys
18.  Walkin on the Sun - Smash Mouth
19.  Heaven's on Fire - KISS
20.  Proud Mary - Ike & Tina Turner            

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Some Of My Favorite Movies

These are listed in no particular order:

  • Children of a Lesser God
  • The Bucket List
  • Medicine Man
  • Marnie
  • Entrapment
  • Legends of the Fall
  • Scent of a Woman
  • The Blind Side
  • Gran Torino
  • October Sky
  • Cinderella Man
  • Gangs of New York
  • Fried Green Tomatoes
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • The Notebook
  • The Guardian
  • Million Dollar Baby
  • Fly Away Home
  • The Deer Hunter
  • The Thorn Birds
  • The Cider House Rules
  • The Last Samurai
  • Save the Last Dance
  • Hotel Rwanda
Just a short list of the movies I like.

What are your favorite movies?

Monday, August 23, 2010

Helping Brings Blessings

We all need to learn, rich and anything above poor, to give. It matters not how much money we have or the government takes from us, if that is shared with the less fortunate.

We can help in many ways, time--go donate a few hours to a soup kitchen or Habitat for Humanity or go fix that broken porch or leaky faucet or the single parent in the neighborhood or the widow or the elderly couple or the kid just of school that is on their own now.

Next time you go shopping buy a bag of bath soap, toilet paper, feminine supplies, shampoo, etc. and some groceries and go leave it on the door step of someone you know needs it--and you do know!

The surplus from your garden, do you preserve it or toss it? Why not share it.

Ask the harried parents at church or in the neighborhood if they would like a couple hours without the children and take their children to McDonald's for an hour or the park or to come watch cartoons with yours and pop some popcorn.

Set up a clothing and toy exchange in the neighborhood and make sure the family that has nothing to exchange does get something for each child and parent.

Sew? Offer to mend someone's clothing. Not everyone knows how to sew.

What we do for others, be it good or bad, will come back to us and our children-for 7 generations--

Are you blessing or cursing your great grandchildren??

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Lots Of Things

This day was productive.

I made several bead rings. These will be offered for sale at Pau Wau this year. 

My hubby's friend went with me to the paid storage building and we got the sewing machine, lots of cloth, and a few odds and ends.

We came back and straightened up the storage building here--hoping that will be a full fledged Craft Room by January--hint, hint Honey. (My birthday is in January.)

Then, we realized we had to go back over to the paid storage building as my jewelry making supplies were not here. Note-It was starting to storm outside. Luckily the rain held off a few hours.

Brought a box in the house that needs to be gone through. Bet most of it can be trashed.

Sat down and watched "Every Which Way But Loose" while I beaded "Dakota" in pale yellow with a pale green background.

Yes, it is very hard to read. I believe it will be made into a choker for her. She's still too small for a bracelet with her name. Little bugger, she pulls her earrings out then tries to take her Mom's out!

Giorgianna and I went to Linden, Tennessee the other day. Stopped at the Cane Creek Market. Bought a new mortar and pestle, Farmer's Cheese, Sharp Cheddar Cheese, bologna, and oil based natural flaorings to use in some of my products.

Nothing like shopping at a true country market!

Hubby has been sickly the last few days--seems to have bronchitis, but you know these hard headed men!!! Refuses to go to the doctor. Of course going to the VA can be a true pain at times.

Had a pattern made to make Ms. Robbie some jumpsuits that zip up the back--she has an annoying habit of taking her Depends off and then wetting herself. She also has developed a habit of tearing them apart and flushing them down the toilet.  That gell just swells and stops it up. A friend snaked the toilet for us last week.  She will also play in the poop in the toilet--this was the best way I could figure to stop these activities.

I will be working on getting at least three made this week.

Here are some pictures one is the bead work for Dakota's choker and the other some of the bead rings:

Saturday, August 14, 2010

My Tuna Casserole

I decided to fix a quick Tuna Casserole for tonight. Here's what I came up with and it's pretty good, even if it is me that's saying it!


2 6ounce cans tuna in water, drained
1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup
2 cups of dry small macaroni shells
1 small can mushrooms
1 stalk of celery
½ of a large onion
Worcestershire Sauce
Paul Prudhome's Seasoning Salt New Orleans Blend®
Minced garlic

Pre-heat oven to 350°. Cook shells according to package directions. In the meantime, mince the celery, onion and mushrooms. ( I use a Slap Chop®).

Mix everything except cheese in a bowl and then pour over in a 8" casserole dish. All seasonings are to taste.

Cover with cheese. Bake for approximately 30 minutes.

You can add fried onions or croutons to the top the last 5 minutes of baking if you wish.

You can also add dill weed, chopped bell or other peppers, canned or fresh diced tomatoes.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Valedictorian Speaks Out Against Schooling

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Who does the U.S.A. think it has become??

Monday, April 5, 2010

Dr. Kaku's Universe

Friday, January 8, 2010

Yellow Outfit for Dakota Dream

It's a bad photo but I am so proud of this. It is so pretty! I cannot wait for her to put it on.